Monday, June 4, 2012

Monday...after the big weekend....

 The beginning...people just starting to arrive, shortly before noon.  

  It 's a really nice place that we hold our family reunion every year...a state park, where we have this pavilion that's just steps away from the lake and the playground (and the bathrooms) lol. it's got a huge bbq grill set up over to the side of it too. There are about 8 banquet sized tables under there, and everyone brings their lawn chairs and scatter all over the perimeters.  I am guesstimating that we had about 80-90 people this year.  Not a bad turnout.

The guy with the camera is my brother who came in from Georgia, and his motley crew. AND--looks like there's one kid missing, now that I'm looking closely.  A grandson. Jake. lol 

lol..the beautiful niece, Kelly Ann...wanted a good picture of her mommy tiara. Here's a better photo of this beauty
Holding her cousin, baby Rowan.


  It was a good time and everyone had a ball. We had new cousins for everyone to meet and lots of really great food and perfect weather. A Trifecta!

Got home last night at about 8:30 and fell into an exhausted reverie, thinking about how it use to be and how many of the old aunts and uncles we've lost. One of the cousins (whose mom just died this year) brought a couple of boxes of old photos he found while cleaning out her house, so there was lots of that too.


 I just wanted to stop in this morning and say to meet my cousin for coffee in about an hour, so I need to get going here. Then I'll come home and clean house and do some cooking and take it down a notch. I'm still riding the family high, lol.  My sister from Florida, her husband and one of her sons with his girlfriend came too, so all of my siblings made it this year, which was very cool. Although my brother from Georgia came and brought his wife, we didn't see much of her, I'm afraid. She's an only child who can't handle the crowds (I guess).  But it was good to see him and her for the one minute I did.

  Have a grand day everyone. You can imagine my house and the dog hair quotient, since I was gone from here 2 days and didn't vacuum. I have my work cut out for me today...

(BTW--while I was gone my butterbeans grew another 2 inches!!!!! )



Beth said...

I am so glad you had such a good time. Was the shower gift a big hit"

You just had to mention those butterbeans. ;-)

Rita said...

Wow! A trifecta!! You can't ask for better than that with 80-90 people. :) I'm so glad you had a great time and all the siblings made an appearance. Fly high, lady!! :):)

Anonymous said...

That's the kind of pavilion that we have our big AA picnic at every year. Near the lake, playground, bathrooms lol. It looks like quite a gathering and I'm glad you're back safe and sound.

Mariodacatsmom said...

What a great time that must have been. My mother was one of 12 children, so I grew up with lots of extended family and so many of us were together sometimes on the weekend. now we're 160 miles away and hardly ever see anyone, plus so many have passed on. it cam be overwhelming tho if you are not used to a big family.

Mary LA said...

How wonderful -- so interesting to see the generations growing up and recall with love those who have died.

And there are the butter beans springing up!

DJan said...

Love the pictures! Especially the mommy tiara. I am always glad to hear from you, and it looks like it was a really special time, Annie. Thanks so much for bringing me along. :-)